Having spent the majority of the last few months with more games played than their closest rivals, a disastrous Easter weekend has turned that on its head and left Rovers with a manic final few weeks of the season.
Postponements away at Dover and at home to Solihull has meant Tranmere suddenly have two games in-hand on most of the teams around them. The final day of the National League season is Saturday 28th April, or three weeks on Saturday. Rovers will be at home to Hartlepool on that last day, but before then there is a marathon run of games facing Micky Mellon’s team.
Kicking off with a trip to Chester this Saturday, Rovers will then be playing Saturday-Tuesday every week until the season ends. They entertain Gateshead next Tuesday (10th) and the re-scheduled game away at Dover has now been confirmed as Tuesday 17th.
This presumably leaves Tuesday 24th April for the Solihull game, which if confirmed, means Rovers will end the season with back-to-back home games. Just to make clear, we are purely speculating on that date at the moment – though it’s an educated guess.
(UPDATE: Tranmere have now confirmed the date of 24th April for the Solihull game)
Rovers will require an impervious record in their final seven fixtures along with a huge collapse by Macclesfield if they are to win the title.
More realistic is finishing second or third which will leave Rovers one home game away from another play-off final at Wembley. With four of the final seven games to be played at Prenton Park, you’d hope this would play in to our hands.
Meanwhile, Tranmere fans will have two sides of the Deva Stadium for the derby game at Chester this weekend, with a huge following sure to provide a great atmosphere.